By Will Butcher

Free agent Adrian Mariappa’s move to Rangers has unexpectedly hit the rocks, according to reports.

Talks were held at a hotel last month to sign the Jamaican international, led by assistant manager David Weir and recruitment chief Frank McParland.

However, the Daily Mail have claimed that the deal is looking less likely and that manager Mark Warburton has decided to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.

It’s unclear whether Rangers can save the deal. But The Scottish Sun recently claimed that wages were a problem in the pursuit of Mariappa, while clubs in England are also keen to sign the centre-back.

Warburton is keen to add proven defensive experience at the top level and was hoping that the 29-year-old could slot in alongside veteran Clint Hill at the heart of the defence.

The former Watford defender has had a tough season at Selhurst Park after only appearing in three Premier League games for the Eagles.

The Gers have been very busy so far this summer, as they look to cement their place back in the top-flight of Scottish football.

Warburton has added experience in Niko Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Hill, as well as youthful promise in the shape of Matt Crooks, Jordan Rossiter and Josh Windass.

In other Rangers news, renowned coach Steve Black had this to say about new signing Barton.